The newly-released bipartisan legislation would give the U.S. administration the power to restrict or even ban foreign-based technologies if they believe that they pose a national security threat. This includes Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad, as well as popular platforms such as TikTok, which is owned by a Chinese company. There are currently no definite plans to use this new authority, but it is likely that there will be future cases where banned technologies are brought back into play due to their potential harm to national security.
The proposed bill would give the Department of Commerce the power to review, prevent, and mitigate any threats from foreign adversaries in the tech field. This could include anything from software to hardware or services. If this bill passes, it could help protect U.S. citizens from harmful technology.
The United States has already imposed sanctions on a number of adversarial nations, including China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Russia. This bill would extend those bans to Venezuela. The maximum restriction would be a ban on trading with or investment in the nation.
Despite the potential dangers posed by these three companies, Senator Warner is more concerned about TikTok, which he believes could be used by the Chinese Communist Party to surveil U.S. citizens. He believes that we need to start addressing these issues head-on and put a stop to them before they become even worse.
Justin isn’t the only one who believes that TikTok is a big threat to the United States. Nearly all of the senators working on the Restrict Act believe that this app is what’s most concerning them right now. They know that TikTok is used for serious crimes, like child pornography and promoting terrorist activities, but they also worry about how it’s harming social media platforms overall. Without a systematic approach to foreign threats, Justin warns, we’re just going to be playing Whac-A-Mole with these apps—and eventually they’ll get past us.
TikTok, an app owned by ByteDance, has come under fire for its lack of user data privacy and for being used by foreign governments to meddle in U.S. elections. There are concerns that the app’s growing popularity in the United States is masking serious issues with its data privacy practices and foreign meddling.
The Trump administration has shown a strong interest in reducing the national security risks posed by high-risk technology businesses operating in the United States, and this bill would provide some of the necessary tools to do so.
The new bill would make it easier for the government to track and address potential risks associated with transactions between countries of concern in sensitive technology sectors. By doing so, authorities would be better equipped to identify and address any potential threat posed by these transactions.
One issue that Democrats and Republicans are still disagreeing on is how to regulate social media platforms like TikTok. Some Democrats want to ban the app outright, while Republicans prefer to put more regulations in place, such as requiring Snapchat-like filters be removed before videos can be shared. This bill, which was passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week, would ban TikTok in the United States altogether. While those in support of it say it’s necessary for curtailing online child pornography and cyberbullying, critics argue that regulating an app that is so popular with young people will only make them turn to other platforms
Interestingly, TikTok also says that American user data can’t be accessed by the Chinese government, despite being owned by a Chinese company. This perhaps proves that American culture and values are still able to spread far and wide even if the app itself is banned in one country.
TikTok, an iPhone app that has quickly become a global phenomenon for its quick shots and easy gameplay, is already banned on government-issued devices in the United States. Canada and the European Commission have also ordered staff to remove the social media app from their work phones. However, despite its growing number of bans, TikTok continues to be one of the most popular iPhone apps on the market with over 150 million active users.